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The BSU Football Team Lays Down the Pigskin and Pick Up a Baseball Bat

Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 00:43:41-04

The Boise State football team will take the field tomorrow night at The Memorial Stadium to play softball. For some, they’re learning that maybe they should stick to the pig skin.

The Bronco offense and defense took to the field this afternoon for batting practice. Some found it was a big adjustment, while others, like Joe Martarano who’s played minor league baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization. it was a piece of cake. Either way, they had a great time.

"We are still knocking off a few cobwebs with the in fielding and out fielding I think we will make adjustments today on the outfield system but I think batting wise we got some guys that can really knock the ball,” said, Senior RS Linebacker Ben Weaver.

The game also gives the players a chance to have some extra team camaraderie before they head off to Vegas for the Mountain West Media Days, and they start focusing on football.

"It builds that friendship we're not talking about football we're talking about softball game that none of us play.  It's something that not a lot of us are good at and to kinda see those struggles with each other it's something that is extremely important for us,” said, Weaver.

Along with having the chance of engaging in a sport they normally wouldn’t, a portion of their proceeds will go to charities.

"As team members, we enjoy giving back to the community that gives so much to us and just providing another event to bring us some media other than just football,” said Weaver.

The gates will open at 5:00 P.M. tomorrow at The Memorial Stadium. With the two teams squaring off in a home run derby at 6:00 P.M., my pick is linebacker Joe Martarano. The six-inning game will start at approximately 6:45 P.M. immediately following the home run derby.

Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance HERE or at The Memorial Stadium box office, and will also be available on the night of the game. The cost for an adult ticket is $10, and kids 18-and-under get in for $6.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Team Harsin Program, which generates scholarship opportunities for at-risk youth to participate in the Treasure Valley Optimist Youth Football Organization.

Following the softball game, the Bronco football team will sign autographs for fans in attendance.